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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State (22-2 overall, 12-2 Big Ten) women's volleyball team begins a four-match home stand by hosting Northwestern (8-16, 3-11) and Wisconsin (16-6, 10-4). The Buckeyes will host the Wildcats Friday, Nov. 12 and the Badgers Saturday, Nov. 13 in St. John Arena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are coached by Jim Stone. Ohio State is 22-2 on the season and 12-2 in the Big Ten. OSU is tied for first place in the Big Ten Conference with Penn State. The Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the latest USA TODAY/CSTV Coaches Poll.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
For the season, Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Buckeyes in kills with 585 for a 7.22 per game average. She is also the team leader in aces with 33 (.41 per game), in digs with 262 (3.23) and is hitting a team-high .379. Setter Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) leads the team in assists 1,208 (14.73 per game). Ami Stevens (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) ranks second in digs with 228 (2.78) with Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) third with 226 (2.97). At the net, Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) has a team-high 81 blocks with three solos and 78 assists for a 1.00 per game average. Meyer is second in kills with 248 for a 3.06 per game average. Ohio State is hitting .319 on the season and is averaging 18.40 kills per game. The Buckeyes average 1.55 aces, 15.21 digs and 2.25 blocks per game. OSU opponents are hitting .208 and average 13.53 kills per game. Opponents are averaging .83 aces, 12.65 digs and 2.09 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats are coached by Keylor Chan. Northwestern has an 8-16 overall record and is 3-11 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats stand ninth in the Big Ten. Last week Northwestern lost 3-0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-20) at Wisconsin and 3-1 (30-23, 23-30, 27-30, 27-30) at Illinois.
NORTHWESTERN BY THE NUMBERS
Courtnie Paulus has a team-high 212 kills (3.03 per game) with Stephanie Jurivich (2.62) and Lindsay Anderson (3.06) each recording 202 kills. Setter Drew Robertson has 940 assists for an 11.33 per game average. Robertson has a team-high 18 ace serves (.22) with Christie Gardner with 17 (.20). Gardner leads the team in digs with 359 (4.33) with Robertson second with 257 (3.10). At the net, Brittney Aldridge has a team-high 71 blocks with eight solos and 63 assists with a .87 per game average. Jurivich is second in blocking with 57 (6-51) for a .74 per game average. Northwestern is hitting .173 as a team and averages 14.78 kills per game. The Wildcats average 1.16 aces, 15.72 digs and 2.09 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .223 and averages 14.87 kills per game. Northwestern opponents average 1.51 aces, 15.96 digs and 2.41 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE - NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Northwestern, 37-15. In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 17-5. Earlier this season in Evanston, Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25).
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
The Badgers are coached by Pete Waite. Wisconsin has a 16-6 overall record and is 10-4 in the Big Ten and are in fourth place in the conference.. Last week Wisconsin defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-20) and lost at Illinois, 3-0 (30-27, 30-20, 32-30) stopping an eight match Badger winning streak.
WISCONSIN BY THE NUMBERS
Sheila Shaw leads Wisconsin in kills with 305 for a 3.86 per game average. Jill Odenthal ranks second with 240 (3.04). Setter Jackie Simpson has 856 assists (12.78 per game). Aubrey Meierotto has a team-high 24 ace serves (.30) with Odenthal second with 17 (.22). Defensively, Jocelyn Wack has a team-high 368 digs for a 4.66 per game average. At the net, Shaw has a team-high 105 blocks with five solos and 100 assists for a 1.33 per game average. Taylor Reineke is second with 75 blocks (7-68) for a 1.23 per game average. On the season, Wisconsin is hitting .258 and has a 16.11 kills per game average. The Badgers average 1.09 aces, 15.29 digs and 3.16 blocks per game. Opponents are hitting .183 and average 14.77 kills per game. Wisconsin opponents average 1.13 aces, 15.35 digs and 2.31 blocks per game.
OHIO STATE - WISCONSIN SERIES
Ohio State holds a 26-23 margin in the series with Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are 12-9 in matches played in Columbus. Earlier this season in Madison, Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 30-18, 30-24).
REVIEWING THE IOWA MATCH
Stacey Gordon had 22 points (21 kills, 1 ace) and Ami Stevens added 12 points (10 kills and two assist blocks) in Ohio State's 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-18) victory. Stacey Vitali and Tiana Costanzo recorded 10.5 points each for the Hawkeyes. Vitali had 10 kills and an assist block while Carolyn Giese recorded nine kills an ace serve and an assist block. Ohio State hit .352 in the match to .185 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 56-43 advantage in kills and a 3-2 margin in ace serves. Iowa gave up six service errors to five for Ohio State. Each squad had 51 digs with Iowa's Pam Kavadas recording a match-high 22. At the net, Ohio State had a 5.5 to two advantage in team blocks. OSU setter Marisa Main collected 34 assists while Iowa's Justeen Patton had 29.
REVIEWING THE MINNESOTA MATCH
Minnesota defeated Ohio State, 3-1 (30-19, 32-30, 21-30, 30-28) to drop the Buckeyes into a two-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Penn State. OSU's Stacey Gordon had 28 points (27 kills, 1 ace) in the match with Danielle Meyer adding 17 (14 kills, 1 solo, 4 assist blocks) and Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dan, Wis.) 12.5 (11 kills, 3 assist blocks). Gopher Erin Martin scored a team-high 24.5 (19 kills, 5 solos, 1 assist blocks) points with Meredith Nelson adding 18.5 (15 kill, 1 ace, 5 assist blocks) and Trisha Bratford 18 (14 kills, 1 ace, 3 solo blocks). Gordon's 27 kills marked the 100th consecutive match that she has had double-figure kills. Minnesota out hit .254 to .226 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a 76-69 margin in kills while Minnesota had a 3-0 margin in ace serves. The Gophers gave up eight service errors to six for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Minnesota had an 82-79 advantage in digs with Gopher Paula Gentil recording a match-high 28. At the net, Minnesota had a 15 to eight margin in team blocks with Martin recording a match-high six blocks with five solos and one assists. OSU's Marisa Main had 60 assists in the match while Minnesota's Lindsey Taatjes had 34 and Kelly Bowman 29.
GORDON LEADS THE COUNTRY IN KILLS PER GAME
The NCAA national statistics released this week has Stacey Gordon ranked first in the country in kills per game with a 7.22 average. Setter Marisa Main is ranked third in assists per game nationally with a 14.73 per game average. In team statistics, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills per game (18.40) and second in assists (16.90) and hitting percentage (.319).
GORDON HOLDS OSU CAREER DIGS MARK WITH 1,390
With seven digs at Illinois, Stacey Gordon became the Ohio State career leader in digs with 1,342. She passed the previous leader, Leisa Wissler (1988-91) with 1,341. Currently, Gordon has 1,390 career digs and is the Ohio Sate career leader in digs per game at 3.32.
GORDON THE ALL-TIME BIG TEN CAREER KILLS LEADER WITH 2,541
With 31 kills against Michigan, Stacey Gordon became the all-time Big Ten leader in career kills and currently has 2,541. She set the record with her 27th kill against Michigan in the fourth game of the match. Gordon past previous leader, Nicole Branagh (1997-2000) of Minnesota who finished her career with 2,379.
GORDON'S CAREER RANKINGS AT OHIO STATE
1. Kills, 2,541 1. Digs, 1390 1. Kills Per Game, 6.06 1. Digs Per Game, 3.32 1. Attack Attempts, 5,481 16.+ Solo Blocks, 33 5. Attack Percentage, .299 18. Assist Blocks, 179 4.+ Ace Serves, 157 18. Total Blocks, 211 6. Aces Per Game, .37 1. Points, 2,820 1. Points Per Game, 6.73
GORDON STANDS AT SIXTH IN NCAA CAREER KILLS
Stacey Gordon ranks sixth on the Division I career kills list with 2,541. She needs 135 kills to pass No. 5 Priscilla Pacheco of Georgia (1991-94) who has 2,675. Gordon's career kills per game average of 6.06 ranks third on the Division I list behind current leader Sara McFarland of Loyola Marymount (1997-2000) at 6.43 (2,020 kills, 314 games) and No. 2 Svetlana Vtyurina of George Washington (1992-95) at 6.24 (3,043-488).
GORDON EXTENDS DOUBLE-FIGURE KILLS STREAK TO 100 MATCHES
Stacey Gordon, with 21 kills at Iowa and 27 at Minnesota, has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 100. She has had 20 or more kills in 15 of her last 16 matches and 72 in her career. Gordon has had double-figure kills in 113 of her 115 matches in her career.
MEYER AVERAGING A BLOCK A GAME
Danielle Meyer leads Ohio State in blocking, averaging 1.00 blocks per game for the season and 1.08 in conference play. She has three solo and a team-high 78 assist blocks. She ranks 10th in the Big Ten conference league statistics. Last week Meyer posted five kills, two digs, one assist and an assist block at Iowa and had 14 kills, five blocks (one solo, four assists) and three digs at Minnesota. She ranks second on the team in kills with 248 for a 3.06 per game average.
STEVENS HAS A CAREER-HIGH 17 DIGS AT MINNESOTA
Ami Stevens posted a career-high 17 digs at Minnesota last week. Her previous high was 14 against Minnesota and at Wisconsin. She added nine kills, two assists and an assist block against the Gophers. The previous night at Iowa, Stevens had 10 kills, 10 digs, an ace serve and two assist blocks. On the season, she ranks third in kills with 214 for a 2.61 per game average. Stevens is second on the squad in digs with 228 for a 2.78 per game average.
DAHMS POSTS DOUBLE-FIGURE DIGS IN LAST FOUR MATCHES
Brittany Dahms (Fr., Byron, Ill.) has played in all 24 matches and has started seven matches as the libero. Last week, at libero against Iowa, Dahms post 10 digs and an assist against the Hawkeyes. Playing defensive specialist at Minnesota, she had 10 digs in the match. For the season, Dahms has 196 digs for a 2.51 per game average. She has had double-figure digs in the last four matches and in 10 matches this season. Dahms has posted 11 ace serves this season including a career-high three against Iowa.
KASTEIN TIES CAREER HIGH FOR DIGS AT MINNESOTA
Rebecca Kastein recorded 19 digs at Minnesota to equal her career high previously set at Penn State earlier this season. It was her 14th start at libero this season. She started as a defensive specialist at Iowa and recorded a kill and three digs in the match. For the season she has 226 digs, ranking third on the team. She has a 2.97 digs per game average.
OHIO STATE IN THE CONFERENCE ONLY STATISTICS
Statistically in Big Ten Conference matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills per game (7.37 per game), is second in aces per game (.31), ninth in digs (3.65) and eighth in hitting percentage (.343). Setter Marisa Main has a conference-high 14.59 assists per game average and ranks second in hitting percentage at .373. Danielle Meyer ranks 10th in blocks per game (1.08). As a team, the Buckeyes are ranked first in kills (18.55), assists (16.94), hitting percentage (.301). Ohio State is second in aces (1.18), sixth in blocking (2.42) and sixth in digs (16.29).
OHIO STATE IN THE OVERALL CONFERENCE STATISTICS
In Big Ten Conference statistics for all matches, Stacey Gordon leads the league in kills (7.22 per game) and aces per game (.41). She is third in hitting percentage at .379 and 10th in digs (3.23). Marisa Main tops the conference in assists per game (14.73). OSU has Maya Mapp (Sr., Washington, D.C.) seventh in hitting percentage (.322) and Danielle Meyer 10th (.315). In aces per game, Ami Stevens ranks ninth in aces (.29). In overall team statistics, Ohio State ranks first in hitting percentage (.319), kills (18.40) and assists (16.90). The Buckeyes are second in aces (1.55), eighth in blocking (2.25) and eighth in digs (15.21).
BUCKEYES NOW EIGHTH IN THE USA TODAY/CSTV TOP 20 COACHES POLL
The USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll released this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association has Ohio State ranked eighth. The Buckeyes began the season unranked and entered the poll at 25th the second week of the season. The Buckeyes have moved up in the poll each week for six weeks and was seventh for the next three weeks. OSU is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top-25. Penn State is ranked fifth, Minnesota sixth and Illinois 25th. Wisconsin is listed as receiving points. Ohio State was last ranked in the top-10 during the second week of the 2002 season when it was ninth in the poll. The Buckeyes have not been as high as seventh since late November of the 1995 season.
COACH STONE PASSES 500 CAREER VICTORIES AND COUNTING
Ohio State's win on Sept. 18 against Northeastern marked the 500th career victory for head coach Jim Stone. His career record stands at 513-301. At Ohio State, Stone's record is 463-259 and he is 258-150 in the Big Ten.
GORDON HONORED AS BIG TEN AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Sept. 14)
Stacey Gordon has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the week for leading the Buckeyes to victories over Xavier (Sept. 11) and Georgia Tech (Sept. 12). Gordon averaged 9.8 kills, 2.3 digs, 0.8 blocks and 10.4 points per game while hitting .480 on 98 attacks. She totaled 26 kills on a .561 attack percentage with four blocks and five digs versus Xavier. Gordon hit .421 with 33 kills, nine digs and a block versus then 21st-ranked Georgia Tech. She was named the most valuable player of the Georgia Tech Invitational as Ohio State stopped the host school's 26-match home win streak. Gordon, who ended the weekend with 2,100 career kills, charted 11 or more kills in three of the six games played last week. This was the second time Gordon has been named the national player and was the 12th time in her career that she has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.
GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 4)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over No. 1 Minnesota and Iowa. This is the 13th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the second this season. Gordon had a season-high 36 kills in a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24) upset of No. 1 Minnesota Friday night in St. John Arena. She averaged nine kills per game in the match while hitting .368. It was her 16th match with 30 or more kills in her career. Gordon produced double-figure kills in three of the four games against the Gophers. She had 10 kills in game one and 11 in games two and four. Gordon opened the match with her first three kills of the night and ended the match by scoring Ohio State's final four points with kills. In Saturday's 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, victory over Iowa, Gordon recorded 14 kills to extend her streak of consecutive matches with double-figure kills to 90. For her career, she has had double-figure kills in 103 of 105 matches. Her 12 digs against Minnesota and 16 versus Iowa gives her four consecutive matches with double-figure digs and now has seven double-figure dig matches this season. Gordon has recorded double-figure digs in 74 career matches with 72 matches with double-figure kills and digs in her career.
GORDON HONORED AS THE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Oct. 18)
Stacey Gordon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to conference wins over Michigan State and Michigan. This is the 14th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the third this season. Gordon averaged 8.0 kills per game in two matches this past weekend and recorded her 2,380th career kill, which set the all-time Big Ten mark. The Buckeye senior had 25 kills in three games against Michigan State and 31 in a four-game match versus Michigan. Her record-breaking kill came on her 27th kill against the Wolverines, which gave OSU a 13-12 lead in game four. Gordon, who passed the mark of 2,379 set by Minnesota's Nicole Branagh (1997-2000), ended the weekend with 2,384 career kills. Her current total moves her to seventh on the NCAA Division I career kills list. She stands 56 kills behind No. 6 Jill McCreary (1987, 89-91) of Akron who has 2,439. Gordon has a 5.99 career kills per game average which ranks third in the NCAA Division I career kills per game list. With double-figure kills in both matches, she also extended her streak of consecutive double-figure kill streak to 94 matches. Gordon averaged 9.0 points per game collecting 56 kills, four ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. She now has 2,652.5 career points (2,384 kills, 151 aces, 32 solo blocks, 171 assist blocks), has a 6.66 career points-per-game average and is now OSU's career points-per-game leader. Her total passed Vanessa Wouters' mark of 6.62 ppg set from 1996-97.
GORDON HONORED AS THE CO-BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 1)
Stacey Gordon earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Buckeyes to 3-0 conference home wins over Purdue and Indiana. This is the 15th career Player of the Week honor for Gordon and the fourth this season. She shares the honor with Wisconsin middle blocker Sheila Shaw. Gordon averaged 8.17 kills per game and hit .391 for the weekend as No. 7 Ohio State earned its first back-to-back sweeps in Conference play this season with 3-0 wins over Purdue (36-34, 30-23, 30-28) and Indiana (30-20, 30-20, 30-20). Gordon's 8.17 mark is her best two-match weekend set in the Big Ten with her previous best being 8.00 (56 kills, 7 games) against Michigan State and Michigan. The senior outside hitter tallied an impressive 9.67 kills per game (29 kills, 3 games) against Purdue. Gordon also moved up the ranks in the OSU history books as well this weekend. Her solo block against Indiana moved her into a tie for 16th in Buckeye career solos with 33 and her three total blocks gave her 209 for her career and moved her to 18th on the OSU career blocks list. Gordon, who has registered double-figure kills in her last 98 matches, earns her fourth Player of the Week honor of the season and the 15th of her career.
19-0 RECORD IS BEST-EVER START FOR THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State's 19-0 start this season ranks as the best-ever start in the history of the program. The previous best start was in 2001 when the Buckeyes began the season with a 13-0 overall record. The 19-match winning streak stands as the third longest in the history of Ohio State volleyball. The Buckeyes two longest streaks came in 1991 with 27 wins and 1994 with 21 wins. Those streaks resulted in Big Ten championships and ended in losses at the NCAA National Semifinal.
OSU VICTORY OVER NO. 1 MINNESOTA, A FIRST FOR THE BUCKEYES
The Ohio State victory over No. 1 Minnesota on Oct. 1 was the first time that the Buckeyes had defeated a top-ranked team. OSU had lost to the No. 1 team eight times prior to the win over the Gophers. Those losses included UCLA in 1990, Stanford in 1993, Florida in 1996, Penn State in 1997 and 1998 and twice in 1999 and Nebraska in 2000.
GORDON APPEARS IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 'FACES IN THE CROWD'
Ohio State's Stacey Gordon was featured in the 'Faces In The Crowd' page in Sports Illustrated at the beginning of October.
GORDON MONITORS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ON CAMPUS POP QUIZ
Stacey Gordon made her second appearance in a Sports Illustrated publication when SI took a photo of her for a feature pop quiz in their On Campus magazine for Oct. 21.
BUCKEYES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE FRESHMEN IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Ohio State opened up the 2004 season with a starting lineup of three freshmen (Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Danielle Meyer, Ami Stevens), two sophomores (Briana McCarthy and Marisa Main) and a senior (Stacey Gordon). This marks the second time in six years that the Buckeyes had three freshmen in the starting lineup. In 1992, Suzie Stiling, Sue Calligaris and Shelly Dreager started in the opening match of the season. The 2004 lineup is the second youngest lineup for OSU. The youngest lineup came in 1992 when four sophomores (Laura Davis, Sara Daniel, Carrie Leonard and Gabriele Jobst) and two freshmen (Ashley Mullis, Kristine Jensen) started the season.
STEVENS IS GOLDEN FROM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL PLAY
Outside hitter Ami Stevens, prior to preseason practice, was a member of the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Junior Continental Championships played recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A two-time all-state selection, her high school squad won the 2003 state championship, finished runner-up in 2000 and 2001 and reached the state semifinals in 2002.
OSU SETS MATCH RECORD BY HITTING .595 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Ohio State, with a .595 hitting percentage against Youngstown State, broke the previous Ohio State match record. The previous mark was .531 set against Northern Illinois in 1994. OSU had 62 kills in 98 attempts with 10 errors. Against Youngstown State, the Buckeyes had 59 kills in 84 attempts with nine errors. OSU started the match against YSU by hitting .909 in game one on 20 kills in 22 attempts with no errors.
GORDON HITS .857 AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN STATE, RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME
After being named the Big Ten and American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week, Stacey Gordon continued to impress as she hit .857 against Youngstown State for the second best match hitting percentage in Ohio State history. She had 13 kills in 14 attempts with one error. That mark ranks behind Jenny Jackson's (1992-95) .900 (9-0-10) set at Cincinnati in 1992.
GORDON SETS OHIO STATE MATCH RECORD FOR ACES
With eight ace serves in OSU's 3-0 win at Temple, Stacey Gordon set an Ohio State match record. Gordon and six others previously held the record at seven aces. They include Gordon (at Minnesota, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Purdue, 2001); Shelly Draeger (Tennessee Tech, 2001); Anne Botica (Illinois State, 2000); Jenny Jackson (Indiana, 1992); Erika Schlitz (vs. Colorado State at Texas A&M, 1988 and Lisa Bettio (Bowling Green, 1983).
GORDON SELECTED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
By a vote of the conference coaches, Stacey Gordon was a unanimous selection to the 2004 Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the third consecutive season. Gordon, a three-time Big Ten all-conference selection was on of three student-athletes that were a unanimous choice by the conference coaches. The others were Kim Schram of Michigan State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.
BUCKEYES PICKED SIXTH IN THE BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
In the 2004 coach's preseason poll, Ohio State was picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Michigan by the Big Ten coaches. Minnesota was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference. Penn State was picked for second with Wisconsin third.
VANESSA WOUTERS IS INDUCTED INTO OSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Outside hitter Vanessa Wouters was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, Friday, Sept. 10. Wouters played two years (1996-97) for the Buckeyes. A first-team All-American as a junior, Wouters also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. For her career at Ohio State, she averaged 5.75 kills and 2.45 digs per game. She holds the Ohio State match record for kills (45) and points (50) and the Buckeye season record for kills (765) and points (867.5). Previous women's volleyball players in the Hall of Fame include Karen Alsbrook (1977-79), Lisa Bettio (1982-85), Laura Davis (1991-94), Holly O'Leary (1987-90), Mary Ormsby (1977-80) and Leisa Wissler (1988-91).
UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes close out a four-match home stand by hosting No. 4 Penn State Wednesday, Nov. 17 and No. 25 Illinois, Friday, Nov. 19.